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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Montana History

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1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped near what is now Lolo, Montana on August 29, 1805. They had been traveling along the Bitterroot River and encountered some of the local Salish people.

2. On August 29, 1862, the first white woman in Montana, Maggie Carrigan, was killed by Native Americans near Helena. She had been traveling with her husband and a group of miners when they were attacked.

3. Montana became the 41st state in the Union on November 8, 1889, but it wasn't until August 29, 1904 that the first official state flag was adopted. The flag features the state seal on a blue background.

4. On August 29, 1932, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area was established in Montana. Named for a prominent conservationist and founder of The Wilderness Society, the area encompasses over one million acres in the northern Rocky Mountains.

5. August 29, 1975 was a significant day for the National Park Service in Montana, as it marked the creation of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. The trail commemorates the journey of the Nez Perce people as they fled from the U.S. Army in 1877, covering over 1,100 miles through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon.
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